Just Friends

Just Friends

by Monica Murphy

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Just Friends by Monica Murphy

It’s the end of summer. Just before I start senior year with my two best friends in the whole world. Dustin and Emily are everything to me. We’ve been inseparable since middle school, and when we’re together, nothing can go wrong.

But things aren’t always what they seem. Em’s turned into a drunken mess who parties too much. Dustin and I have hooked up a few times—and now he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level. Yet I’m not sure I want things to change. I’m scared if I take it any further with Dustin, our friendship will be ruined forever. Then there’s Ryan. The new guy. He’s hot. He flirts way too much. And Em has totally set her sights on him.

So when my best friend betrays me in the worst possible way, guess who’s there to help me pick up the pieces of my broken heart? Ryan. But he’s so confusing. Annoying. Sweet. Sexy. I want to trust him, yet he makes it so hard. What I really want is for everything to go back to the way it was before.

Before I found out that best friends make the worst kind of enemies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682308325
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Series: Friends Series , #1
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 253,221
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Monica Murphy is the New York Times , USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance and is also known as USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson.

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Just Friends 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uninteresting high school drama...AND there's a sequel! Not worth the money I spent on this!
bookbruin More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating 3.5 stars Well, I said it before, but this was a train wreck that I just couldn't turn away from. There is A LOT of drama and aggravating behavior in this book. I wanted to slap, shake, and just scream at almost every character. The things that these "friends" do to and with each other was confusing and surprising, yet still plausible and believable. It's been a while since I was a teenager in high school, but I think it's a testament to the author's writing that she could create this chaotic and infuriating world, but still keep the reader interested and invested in these characters. The story itself though didn't really progress much, and seemed to just relive the same drama over and over again, without much forward movement. We do come to a cross roads at the end, but it ended so quickly that I thought I was missing pages! Ugh! I'm not a fan of cliffhangers! The cast of characters. Where to begin? I found almost everyone to be unlikeable at one point or another. It was hard being in Olivia's (Livvy) head. She does some truly frustrating things and I often wanted to scream at her to just be honest! So much of the drama and confusion could have been avoided if she just stopped playing games. Speaking of playing games, what the heck is going on the Emily (Em)? She is all over the place and is the actual plane crashing and burning in this book. She was the least likeable of all characters (and that's saying a lot, because there are some really terrible characters!) and I found nothing about her redeeming. I didn't really believe her friendship with Livvy at all. How could they be best friends? They were more like passive aggressive frenemies, only happy if they were better than the other. Dustin. Oh, Dustin. I wanted to like him since he's the only one who eventually was honest about the entire messed up situation and seemed to grow as a character through the book, but it was hard to not feel betrayed on behalf of Livvy. I guess I will never understand the teenage boy. Adding to the confusion is Ryan. I'm still not sure if he's just a total sleeze ball, or actually the only one being honest. All the relationships just seem so incestuous - everyone being with everyone, without regard to anyone else's feelings, or hiding their true feelings. The only character I liked was Amanda. She is still a typical teenage girl, with her own share of drama and angst, but she seems to be the most grounded of the bunch. I'm interested to see where things go with her and Tuttle (who also came across as a sleeze, but may actually be a good guy at heart?). We will have to see in book 2. Just a note: there is a lot of sex/sexual activity in this book. I guess I'm a little prudish, but this seemed to push the limits of being YA. I guess it was because the characters are teens, but I feel like this would have been better categorized as NA. Again though, the situations were plausible and I'm sure things like that do actually happen, which makes me terrified as a parent and happy I'm no longer a teenager! Overall, Just Friends was a compelling enough story to keep me interested, but the ending was too abrupt. I know I'm a glutton for punishment though and will be back for the next book when it comes out!
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
Geez, that was a huge chaotic mess. Wow. I’m not really sure where to start. There was so much going on, characters behaving badly, friends being not so friendly, relationships failing at every turn. A whole bunch of “stuff” was happening non-stop. Basically, a whole bunch of severely unhealthy relationships all thrown together in one story. Yeah, it was a mess… but I couldn’t turn away. This story is very heavy on the teen drama. If that’s not your thing, be warned. I didn’t mind it, though it was a bit excessive at times. This story, to put it precisely, was basically about friendships and romantic relationships being pushed to their limits, sometimes falling over the edge, other times holding on for dear life. It was a total mess from beginning to end… but I have to admit, I was completely addicted to the mess and found it quite difficult to look away. Just think a bad car accident… sooooo much horribleness all going on at once, and I was 100% staring on, unblinking. Totally invested. Not sure what this says about me though… 0_0 I’m having trouble rating this book as I feel a lot of people will loathe it, while others will feel like I did… totally and completely obsessed. Just Friends did not blow my mind, but I was definitely invested in these teens and what was going to happen next. But omg that cliffy was TORTURE!! I’m still annoyed at how abruptly it ended. I have a strong hatred for cliffhangers, so I’m a bit bitter about this one, though I was warned beforehand, so at least it didn’t catch me off-guard. Phew. That would have been a huge let-down. So if you loathe cliffhangers, be warned. You may want to wait until book 2 is in your hands. I do want to add that this story is also heavy on sexual content. For a young adult book, I feel it got very close to the new adult line a time or two. This book is definitely more directed at older teens due to the graphic nature of some of the content. Well, I can say that I will definitely be reading More Than Friends, book 2 in the Friends series. I seriously NEED to know what’s going to happen with these characters, no matter how messy it turns out to be. As this is my first Monica Murphy book, I’m quite curious about some of her other titles. I just may need to check a few of her others out now. (Thanks to Monica Murphy for the review copy!)
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Just Friends, is full of drama. Exactly as you would expect being a teenager, in a small town. The book is based in Central California, which is where I'm from. Olivia aka Livy has been gone for the summer. And so many things have changed in the last few months. Even more changes with her best friends. With betrayal and heartbreak just about in every corner. It makes you wonder how Olivia really deals with all of it. The ending does end in a weird way. I really wanted to know what was going to happen with Olivia and Ryan! Gah. It was a well written story and it kept me interested till the end. Overall, I give this Four Boundless Stars....Lissa
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars--JUST FRIENDS is the first installment in Monica Murphy’s contemporary, young adult JUST FRIENDS romance series focusing on a group of friends whose relationships and friendships spiral out of control as they are about to start their final year of high school. NOTE: I want to add that the author/publisher have labelled JUST FRIENDS a new adult story line but all of the characters are under 18 years of age, still in high school, and all of the $ex and romance are implied or fade to black, therefore a label of Young Adult seems more appropriate. Told from first person point of view (Olivia Hudson) JUST FRIENDS looks at the fall out between high school seniors Olivia, Emily and Dustin when jealousy, betrayal, secrets and lies destroy a life time of friendship when newcomer Ryan Bennett begins to push his way into the threesomes lives. The competition between girls for attention, and the thrill and fear of going ‘all the way’ heighten the insecurities and selfishness when our heroine Olivia refocuses her attention on the new boy in town, while the boy she left behind pines on the sidelines hoping for a second chance. JUST FRIENDS is a well written but frustrating and aggravating YA story line with ALL of the earmarks that come with the genre: the requisite love triangle or quadrangle, jealousy, envy, mean girls, the popular crowd, selfish attitudes, drinking and drug experimentation, and of course the oblivious, absent or controlling parents. As I have said in a previous article, the three way and sometimes four way love interests are heartbreaking, angst-ridden, gut wrenching and occasionally annoying and condescending. And in many of the cases, the heroine is in love with both man-boys (or more in some cases) and vice-versa. Such is the case with JUST FRIENDS where our leading heroine –Olivia Hudson-falls for Ryan Bennett while still harboring feelings for her best friend Dustin. Throughout the story we discover that while Olivia spent the summer at her father’s home, her besties Dustin and Em took their relationship to a physical level, not only rocking the trio’s friendship but pushing Olivia towards the new boy in town. Dustin claims to love and want Olivia but Olivia is too hurt to see beyond her best friend’s betrayals. And of course, new boy looks like he is playing the field and begins to pit Emily and Olivia, among others, against one another. All of the major story line characters are not very likeable-Olivia, Dustin, Emily and Ryan. I could not find one redeeming quality that would make me feel sympathy for the emotional breakdowns or loss of friendship because at every opportunity someone is hooking up with someone else fearing a lifetime of loneliness or missing out on the popular party; back stabbing and social media exposure adds insult to injury as the friendships implode. The one saving grace is Dustin, who at this point is willing to walk away to allow the girl that he loves to figure out who and what she needs. The circle of friends ebbs and flows as relationship histories take center stage with all of the high school drama of battered emotions and destructive friends. And through it all, Olivia claims to be ‘just friends’ whenever the question about her relationships arise. The drama is over the top, the angst and tears are explosive, the friendships suffer from jealousy and perceived betrayal.Monica Murphy does an amazing job drawing the reader back into the world of teenage, high school drama
astroyic More than 1 year ago
So Addicting! But Fantastic! Be prepared to take a trip down memory lane to those awkward, self centered teenager years where your parents are the enemy and you think you know it all. This teenage triangle just does not let up. This intense and captivating story takes on some teenage issues that will have you wishing you could help these characters make the right decisions. But with teenagers experiencing love and wanting to be popular and cool, making the right decision is never in their mind set, and leads to some chaotic situations. Ms. Murphy really brings it with a Super Dose of Angst, a lot of sexy times, as well as none stop drama. I could not put this down. So many emotions in this book to go through with these great characters such as love, hate, tears, fear, happy, sad and it all leads to a Fantastic and real story. Can't wait to find out what happens next. Highly Recommended! Loved it! Received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review!
featherlight97 More than 1 year ago
OMG!! Monica, what have you done- a cliffhanger?! I'm totally was not expecting this so now I'm left wondering what will happen next!? I couldn't put this book down -the first night I read 82% and stayed up till 4 AM and ended up getting only 2 1/2 hours of sleep! This Book is filled with teenage drama! I felt like I was back in time in high school! Teenage girls are so catty!! I wanna claw their eyes out lol! After Olivia has been deceived by Emily and Dustin, she ends spending a lot of time with new football player Ryan (who Em used to date). Yeah, there is so much partner swapping in this book! Dustin states multiple times how sorry he is for what happened and I wonder if maybe she shouldn't give him a chance since they were claiming they were only "just friends"… And I can't figure out if Ryan's legitimately into Olivia or if he's just totally playing her... I'm thinking player! And as for Em, she's such a conniving little Witch with a capital B!! I would totally kick her to the curb! So I'm totally left wondering who will end up with who?! Can't wait for the next installment!! I was given a copy in exchange for my honest review.
featherlight97 More than 1 year ago
OMG!! Monica, what have you done- a cliffhanger?! I'm totally was not expecting this so now I'm left wondering what will happen next!? I couldn't put this book down -the first night I read 82% and stayed up till 4 AM and ended up getting only 2 1/2 hours of sleep! This Book is filled with teenage drama! I felt like I was back in time in high school! Teenage girls are so catty!! I wanna claw their eyes out lol! After Olivia has been deceived by Emily and Dustin, she ends spending a lot of time with new football player Ryan (who Em used to date). Yeah, there is so much partner swapping in this book! Dustin states multiple times how sorry he is for what happened and I wonder if maybe she shouldn't give him a chance since they were claiming they were only "just friends"… And I can't figure out if Ryan's legitimately into Olivia or if he's just totally playing her... I'm thinking player! And as for Em, she's such a conniving little Witch with a capital B!! I would totally kick her to the curb! So I'm totally left wondering who will end up with who?! Can't wait for the next installment!! I was given a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Just Friends” is author Monica Murphy’s newest young adult book, and I am left torn after completing this book. You see, this book has all of the qualities that I consistently love about Monica’s books: it is well-written, engaging, and hard to put down; the characters are developed and multi-faceted; and the storyline provides twists and turns. This story explores the complexity of teenagers on the brink of adulthood, navigating friendships and first loves. The characters’ moments of utter joy turn to shear heartache and then back again in a moment, and all of those overwhelming emotions that I remember feeling as a teenager came back vividly to me as well. But, why am I torn…because by the end of the book I am left wanting, or more accurately needing, to know more. Thank goodness Monica is planning to write additional books about these characters and their friends. *I was given an advanced copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Just Friends by Monica Murphy....I feel like I was back in high school with all the cliques, drama, choices, friend issues, parties and boyfriends. All the characters are well written high school teenagers, switching boyfriends and girlfriends with lots of drama. Monica Murphy does a fantastic job creating this believable page turning book. If you are looking to escape for a couple hours and go back to high school, this book is for you. I was given a complimentary book for an honest review.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
Oh the drama of high school. This is a perfect balance of the challenges of being a teenager and traversing the waters of love, friendship and the muddy waters in between. Olivia and Dustin have known each other since elementary school. When Emily moved to town, she made their duo a trio. As teenage hormones start to takeover, we find that the bonds of friendships get pushed making it hard to know whom your true friends are. Dustin has always had feelings for Olivia but Emily likes Dustin. Then a new boy arrives on the scene, Ryan. Olivia spends part of her summer away from her friends and when she returns, life isn’t the same. Will this trio find a way to remain friends? Or will their friendship be broken? I’m still reeling from this story. The angst and drama is intense which has me questioning whom to trust. Excited to see where this journey goes in the next book.
Musings_of_Madjy More than 1 year ago
If you've ever read a book written by Monica Murphy before you know that she has a wonderful way with words. "Just Friends" is no exception! To be honest, this was a bit of a difficult read for me, plot-wise, and I'm a bit torn about my feelings over it. This is largely due to Monica's prowess at weaving a deliciously tangled web. This story has a jumbled mess of teenage angst, with a bunch of high school Seniors who all feel very lost and like they really have no idea what they are doing. It's written from the point of view of Olivia, "Livvy", and she's not necessarily all that likable. She's shallow and self-centered and frustratingly insecure. Which is actually a fair description of most of the characters in this. Her 'best friends', Dustin and Em, don't necessarily feel like they care about her all that much, or she them. She's been hooking up with Dustin, though she doesn't know that she has stronger romantic feelings for him, though she adores him and he turns her on. She finds out that he has betrayed her and, for some reason, loops Em into this drama as well. She goes back and forth with these friends throughout the story, slipping in and out of the friend (or more) roles. She also becomes wrapped up in the new guy that was hooking up with Em all summer, Ryan. The love triangle that is presented is a bit awkward, I think, because I didn't actually get a sense of much chemistry between anyone, except maybe Liv's new friend Amanda and her love interest. It's worth noting that there really are mostly just 'friends' hooking up in this, and that every one of these young adults is involving themselves in messy "friends with benefits" or party hookups. They also spend a lot of time doing other things they really shouldn't be. I do feel like the author got these types of teenagers spot on, though they are the kind of kids that I didn't involve myself with in high school for the same reasons that reading about them makes me cringe now. I was disappointed at how often EVERYONE was getting high and drunk in this, for instance. They basically couldn't be social without some mind-altering substance, and I didn't feel that it almost ever added anything much to the story. The worst, I think, was Amanda, the "designated driver" drinking half a bottle of vodka before she drove them to a party. The concern there was "I hope you don't get a DUI," rather than "I hope we don't die or kill someone." I'm not sure if this was intentional, but that, and the carefree vulgarity of most of the characters, was a great shortcut to my not particularly liking any of them. All of that said, I am intrigued. I just couldn't put the book down, and I am eager for the continuation and am definitely interested in seeing where this story goes. *I received an ARC of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
WitchyRichey More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Holy crap on a cracker! Teenage angst to the extreme! Made me snoop a little more into made teenagers lives. Lol! My anxiety was through the roof. There’s some serious back stabbing and ya know the saying “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” well when friends become the enemy your heart may not be able to handle the extreme measures. I was seriously addicted to these kids. I have to know what's going to happen. Who is good, who is bad and who is just plain fracked up? What’s up, what’s down, is it all a game? ACK! I must know! This may be a book about teens but as an adult I found it very intriguing. I can’t wait to see where it goes.
WitchyRichey More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Holy crap on a cracker! Teenage angst to the extreme! Made me snoop a little more into made teenagers lives. Lol! My anxiety was through the roof. There’s some serious back stabbing and ya know the saying “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” well when friends become the enemy your heart may not be able to handle the extreme measures. I was seriously addicted to these kids. I have to know what's going to happen. Who is good, who is bad and who is just plain fracked up? What’s up, what’s down, is it all a game? ACK! I must know! This may be a book about teens but as an adult I found it very intriguing. I can’t wait to see where it goes.
WitchyRichey More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Holy crap on a cracker! Teenage angst to the extreme! Made me snoop a little more into made teenagers lives. Lol! My anxiety was through the roof. There’s some serious back stabbing and ya know the saying “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” well when friends become the enemy your heart may not be able to handle the extreme measures. I was seriously addicted to these kids. I have to know what's going to happen. Who is good, who is bad and who is just plain fracked up? What’s up, what’s down, is it all a game? ACK! I must know! This may be a book about teens but as an adult I found it very intriguing. I can’t wait to see where it goes.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
ust Friends by Monica Murphy is definitely a winner in the mature Young Adult genre. This book is like reading Beverly Hills 90210, but on drama steroids. These teens are a wild bunch, and I love every single one of them. Murphy gives readers the whole smorgasbord of teenagers drama with gossip, betrayal, backstabbing, the mean girl, the good girls, cheaters, players, bad boys, good boys—and these boys are all hot, gorgeous jocks, simply yummy. The characters are Olivia, Emily, Amanda, Dustin, Tuttle, Cannon and Ryan. I'm racking my brain, trying to figure out how to write this review with all the hot drama mess that's going on between these teens. Olivia, Dustin and Emily have been best friends since middle school, but now they’re seventeen, and their relationship is starting to change between the three. Emily has started drinking, becoming promiscuous with guys, and she’s the mean girl that's always up to something and it's never good. Olivia and Dustin hooked-up before Olivia left to spend the summer with her dad. When Olivia returns she discovers that Dustin cheated on her with Emily over the summer. Now Olivia has broken off her friendship with her two best friends because of their betrayal. But new guy Ryan sees Dustin's betrayal as his chance with Olivia after Dustin breaks her heart and he takes it. But I got to tell you, I'm not sure about this Ryan guy, yeah he's got a sexy body and his looks are to die for, but he's definitely a bad boy; it’s written all over him. And lets just say Dustin not giving up on Olivia, he's still crazy over her and knows he screwed things up between them, but Dustin still holding on to the hope that he can win Olivia back. And then there's Tuttle and Amanda. These two have me hanging on the edge with their romance. Tuttle is the star quarterback for the football team and he's the kind of guy you hate to love, but boy oh boy, you do love him, and Amanda is the sweet geek girl; she's trying to be smart when it comes to Tuttle, but her brain is losing to her heart, even though her brain tells her not to trust Tuttle, the player. Yes, these teen's hot romance and emotional drama sucked me in, had me biting my nails, and I wanted to scream with the cliffhanger ending, but you better believe I am waiting on the next book, begging on my knees that Monica Murphy has fast writing fingers. Just Friends is a must, must read.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic YA read! It's a great look at how much can change in that last year of high school. Long time friends become different and distant, enemies become friends, new people enter your world. Knowing that the decisions you make now will have a huge impact on how your friendships move forward makes things doubly hard. Why can't things stay as they were....for just one more year at least. That's all Olivia wanted but it just wasn't to be. Navigating new friendships and new relationships are sometimes difficult. Knowing the impact it will have on others can make you questions yourself but Olivia finds herself in exactly that situation. This is a wonderful story and very well done but it's not the whole story! Olivia, Ryan, Emily, & Dustin's story will continue in the next book. You've been warned!! Even knowing that, you don't want to miss this one! I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read of young love and struggles of high school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down
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